The Festival brings the world to Auckland every May.
This year we stage 207 public events, gathering together 230 of the world’s best writers and thinkers with over 28,000 Festival goers and up to 6,000 young people to celebrate the world of books and ideas.
For the past 18 years the Festival has enriched the culture of our city and established itself as a major Australasian festival, characterised not only by the calibre of our guest authors but also by the enthusiasm and engagement of our audience and the warmth and welcome provided by Auckland as our setting.
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DIARY OF A WIMPY KID: JEFF KINNEY
#WHERETONOW? THE UNIVERSITY OF AUCKLAND FESTIVAL FORUM
WRESTLING WITH THE DEVIL: NGUGI WA THIONG’O
AN EVENING WITH ROBERT WEBB
COMPLETELY BESIDE OURSELVES: KAREN JOY FOWLER
AN EVENING WITH KARL OVE KNAUSGÅRD
Announcing the 2018 ProgrammeThe country’s largest literary showcase, the Auckland Writers Festival, brings a world of stories and ideas to the city from the 15th to the 20th May, offering laughter, knowledge, ideas and inspiration for audiences of all ages with more than 230 of the planet’s best writers alive today. Read more ›
Book Awards Celebrate 50th Anniversary with Stellar Finalist Line-upNew Zealand’s premier literary awards celebrate their 50th anniversary with a rich collection of 16 finalist books by both lauded established writers and emerging stars. Read more ›
2018 SCHOOLS PROGRAMME ANNOUNCEDThe 2018 Schools Programme is out and bookings are now open. Read more ›